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ENGAGED EDUCATOR: Brian Kampper, a middle school physical education teacher, has created MobileQuest LLC, a business that provides hands-on science, technology, engineering and math programming for after-school and school-break camps.
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Helping kids learn by doing

Children are eager to learn, if the lessons engage their curiosity.MobileQuest LLC is aimed at creating hands-on science and technology-inspired programs for children in...
RUNNING SMOOTHLY: Greek market and café Yoleni’s co-owners Alexandra Georgiou Philippides, with her sons Jimmy Philippides, right, and John Philippides. The restaurant opened on Westminster Street in downtown Providence last spring.
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Yoleni’s offers taste of Greece

What does it take for a new restaurant to survive? Before anything else, hard work, says Alexandra Georgiou, who opened Yoleni’s in downtown Providence...
UPCYCLED CANDLES: WICK-ed Candle co-owners Julie Normandin and Jeremy Bliven started the candle-making company, which upcycles glass bottles for use as holders, nearly a year ago. The candles are sold through a retail space at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, as well as a kiosk at Providence Place mall. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Candle maker finds niche in bottles

Julie Normandin began making candles a few years ago but it wasn’t until boyfriend Jeremy Bliven came into the picture – bringing with him...
NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCATES: Mile of History Association board members, from left, William Deveney, treasurer; Linda Getgen, founding member; and Vincent Buonono, president, in front of 52 Benefit St. in Providence. The nonprofit was formed to advocate for the surrounding neighborhood.
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Group looks to preserve historic character of Benefit Street

Benefit Street in Providence is an architectural gem, a historic street that reflects the homes and businesses of the 1700s and 1800s. But it’s...
EXTRA COMFORT: North Providence resident Amy Antone, shown with her children, started the nonprofit Cuddles of Hope Foundation this past summer to donate gift bags to ailing children.
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Comforting kids when they need it most

Amy Antone of North Providence had her first crisis as a mother this past summer. Her 3-year-old son Lucas fell and hurt his eye....
INNOVATIVE STARTUP: Johnson & Wales University graduates Brandon Monti, left, and Patrick Straus co-founded FreshConn, a farmers market delivery service in Providence, to innovate the way produce is sold, increase sales to artisan producers and decrease food insecurity.
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It’s farm fresh and delivered

Farmers markets offer locally grown and produced fresh produce and foods. But for those with disabilities, or a lack of transportation or free time,...
NEW FLAVORS: Nagendra Thatavarthy and his wife, Lalitha, are owners of Swagat, an Indian food store and restaurant that opened a few months ago in the Diamond Hill Road area of Woonsocket. The grocery has spices and foods and fresh produce, as well as staples. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Indian eatery adds spice to community

Nagendra and Lalitha Thatavarthy opened Swagat, their Indian restaurant and specialty-food market in Woonsocket, after market research told them they had a built-in audience.More...
CUSTOM SHOP: Ben Antaya is the owner of Rome Point Woodworking in South Kingstown, a custom woodworking shop specializing in renovations and new constructions of kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces.
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Woodworking made to order – and last

Rome Point Woodworking specializes in renovations and new constructions of kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces.Proprietor Ben Antaya leads a team of three employees. After...
BETTER WAY: Brendan Loflin started Rhodeside Revival to make it easy for clients to divert food waste from the state’s landfill in Johnston. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

Curbside food-waste collection

In the final year of his studies at the University of Rhode Island, Brendan Loflin wanted to do something meaningful but wasn’t sure how.“Other...
STUDENT TUTORS: Andrew Binder, left, content strategist, and Ethan Binder, co-founder, of GoPeer LLC. The Providence-based company, which launched last fall with its website, vets college students who want to tutor and connects them with families.
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At GoPeer, students do the teaching

An educational ­technology business that launched recently in Providence follows a simple premise: students learn best from other students.GoPeer LLC provides the platform that...
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A summit on the topics of diversity and inclusion will be held at the start of the awards program. Attendees will learn from experts during a discussion of best practices. For details, including the list of winners, panelists and ticket information, click below.

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Crowne Plaza, Warwick
8am–11am